Computer & software recommendations

We recommend that all students come with a well equipped laptop computer (for free movement across the college). WiFi is available throughout our campus and all residence halls have ethernet ports.

You are not required to purchase a computer or software, as we have computer labs for you to use. To get by using our labs alone, however, will require your careful time management.

Before buying anything, check our discounts and campus software (you might not wish to buy what we already have available).

The York College Bookstore offers a variety of computers for students and faculty.

Internet service & device discount

If you receive a Pell Grant, or if your household has low income or has experienced significant income loss since February 2020, then you may qualify for a federal discount on your internet service and a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Act quickly; funds are limited and the program will end 6 months after the COVID-19 health emergency is declared over.

Learn more about (or apply for) the Emergency Broadband Benefit program.

Minimum suggestions



  • Not a Chromebook.

  • Processor: Intel Core i5

  • RAM: 8GB

  • Storage: 256GB SSD

  • Webcam

Any additional major recommendations are listed below.


Any major recommendations are listed below.

Major recommendations

If any major has additional computer or software suggestions, it's contained here. For questions, please contact us.

Civil Engineering


  • Processor: Intel Core i7

  • RAM: 16GB

  • Storage: 512GB SSD

  • Operating System: Windows 10

    • not macOS



  • Operating System: Windows 10

Computer Science


  • Processor: Intel Core i5

  • RAM: 16GB

Majors with no additional suggestions

  • All education majors

  • Sports Management

  • Sports Media

Useful items & antivirus

Useful items

Headset with microphone

  • For remote class meetings.

10 foot cat6 ethernet cable

  • For a wired connection in your residence hall.

  • And an ACC ethernet adapter.

    • If your laptop does not have an ethernet port.

HDMI, mini display port, or USB-C adapter

500GB or larger external hard drive or solid state drive (SSD)

  • To backup up your laptop’s hard drive.


We recommend using Windows Security, which is a default on all Windows 10 computers. If you have a computer without Security, then we suggest choosing a software with up-to-date definitions and routinely scheduled virus scans.

No antivirus is required to connect to the York College network.

We do not provide antivirus software.